Downtown Disney in the Marketplace
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Hours: 8 am until 11
Secret: Those who have special dietary needs will be thrilled
to know that Downtown Disney now has a bakery just for them! It's almost
as if this bakery is being treated as a secret. It's practically hidden
inside a corner of the Pollo Campero restaurant located in the Downtown
Marketplace. There's no signage for this bakery outside, and and it's
gotten very little publicity. It's not even written about on the
official Disney Public Relations site. We don't know why it's so
under-shared, but we're letting out the secret!
BabyCakes NYC™ specializes in baked goods that are:
- Wheat free
- Soy free
- Refined sugar-free
They offer treats such as
cupcakes, chocolate chip cookie sandwiches (2 cookies with cream in the
middle) and donuts.
Although they don't offer sugar-free items, most of their products are sweetened with agave syrup which comes from a
cactus. It's low on the glycemic index (approximately 30), so some of those with diabetes
will be able to use it. However agave does have its controversies, so if
you have health challenges, you may wish to look into this prior to
coming. Also keep in mind that some of their products are sweetened with
unprocessed, unrefined sugar.
verdict: It's hard to believe you could cook anything
without any of those ingredients, but they do.
So here's the real question:
Are they any good? Yes. However don't expect them to match up to
conventional pastries in certain respects.
As soon as we checked into our hotel we headed right over. When I first
approached the bakery cases, I have to admit I was a bit underwhelmed.
The cases were on the sparse side, with very few choices. We asked about
this and were told that in the evenings the choices get more sparse. The
cases are stocked in the morning and by late afternoon they begin
running low. We came back another day in the afternoon and there were
some additional choices at that time.
Another thing that was underwhelming was the look of the baked goods.
The cupcakes did not resemble those big, fluffy cream topped cupcakes
you see in conventional bakeries these days. They were small, with a
moderately thin layer of cream on top. The cookies were thin, and the
donuts looked dense and unappealing.
To taste test, I chose two types of donuts, 2 types of cupcakes and the
chocolate chip cookie sandwich. Keep in mind that I've been on a
gluten-free diet for the last year, so it's been a long time since I've
had conventional baked goods.
My first bite into a cupcake was satisfying. It was sweet and flavorful
with the texture of a dense cake. The cream on top was thick, sweet and
tasty. The blondie cupcake had chocolate chips throughout that added
nice flavor and texture. While the cupcakes were not the fluffy texture
you find in conventional bakeries, they were certainly a satisfying and
The chocolate chip cookie sandwich was also delicious. The texture was
on the crunchy side, and the cream in the middle made it a bit decadent.
The texture of the donuts was similar to the cupcakes - dense. They had
crunchy toppings that were delicious.
Final thoughts: Would I come back here? You bet. It was
a real treat for me to be able to eat fresh baked goods. However will
those who are used to conventional baked goods enjoy this bakery? Here's
a quote from one such person:
"I tasted a donut. Was it okay? Yes. Would I choose it over the
other treats I can get in Downtown Disney? Not likely.
There's so many other places with crazy delicious choices that I
wouldn't ordinarily pick from this bakery. But then I don't have
allergies and quite honestly I don't really eat particularly healthy
when I'm on vacation."
However if you're health conscious, or if you have
a special dietary need, this bakery will be another fantastic pleasure
to look forward to during your Walt Disney vacation.
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